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Slow Food

26 May

Eating well and eating right is an art and should be approached with the same awareness, care, and patience as cultivating personal style. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and all my best memories feature distinct tastes- rosemary in Potrero, limoncello in Florence, beer at Coors Field.

My relationship with food is full of love and adoration- we were not destined to be star-crossed lovers! There are certain tastes I love unequivocally- Amaretto Gelato, Pain au Chocolates, Red Wine, Shellfish, Avocados.

But after a long winter full of unfettered indulgences, I find myself in the company of a…plushness (I’m very diplomatic!) that my ever compassionate and forgiving knits (bless them!) have heretofore been charged with the lofty burden of hiding (pr geniuses!). But with the coming of the warm weather, their tour of service is complete and I must reluctantly discharge them.

So what’s a girl- especially one who loves food with such ardor- to do? Turn to the French! Bien sûr!

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show (show stopper!) starring the gorgeous Laetitia Casta already has me feeling better!


…So does reading French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano, who provides a blissful alternative to burying one’s weight woes in bon bons and brioche:

“You have to be ready to embrace pleasure and individual happiness as your goals…discover and cultivate your pleasures…pay attention to yourself-to what delights you” and gradually find balance. Sounds wonderful! Let’s begin!

Over the next week, I will eat only fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and lean meats, and drink water, pure cranberry juice, and green tea. Ideally, this will cleanse my palette so that I’ll no longer be seduced by the foods that neither delight me nor do me any good, but nevertheless feature prominently in my diet.

Recipe Ideas:

  • A hearty vegetable soup chock full of celery, green peppers, spring onions, carrots, and cabbage and seasoned to perfection with sea salt, ground pepper, and fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from the herb garden
  • Braised Belgium endive
  • Vine-ripe tomatoes lightly drizzled in olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and garlic
  • Sauteed bok choy with garlic and soy sauce
  • Strawberry and mango smoothies

I think I’m going to enjoy this! Do you have any recipe ideas?

P.S. I can’t recommend Born to Run enough! And check out my post on Natural Remedies for Asthma.